If Justin Tucker's goal this offseason was to make enemies with the entire special teams unit of the Denver Broncos, it looks like he's succeeded.
The drama started on Aug. 4 when Tucker said during a TV interview that he could likely hit an 84-yard field goal in a game if the kick was attempted under perfect conditions. Tucker also added that the kick would likely have to be attempted in Denver because the mile-high air adds about 10 percent to a kicker's range.
One day after making the claim, Tucker was called out by Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, who now has a standing offer for Tucker: If the Ravens kicker flies to Denver and makes an 84-yard field goal, McManus will buy him an all-expense paid trip.
McManus wasn't the only Broncos special teams player to weigh in on the matter. Broncos punter Britton Colquitt was also asked about Tucker's claim, and let's just say that Colquitt found the whole thing laughable.
"I looked at that and I laughed," Colquitt said in an interivew with Altitude Sports, via NFL.com. "Let's start here: Tucker loves Tucker. He loves himself so much, and you know, I take it personally because Morgan Cox is (the Ravens') long-snapper and he was my long snapper at Tennessee."
From the sound of it, Colquitt isn't a very big fan of Tucker because the Ravens kicker is known for not including his teammates in his field goal celebrations.
"I take it personally because I'm a holder," Colquitt said. "If I was a kicker, the last thing I'm going to do when I make a field goal is sprint as far away from my holder and snapper, as he loves to do and just does some kind of dance. That drives me crazy."
Colquitt clearly is not a fan of Tucker's celebrating techniques.
If you've never seen a Tucker celebration, here's what Colquitt is talking about.
Colquitt also had one other big problem with Tucker's claim, and that was the claim within a claim. The reason Tucker said he could make an 84-yarder is because he said he 'thinks' he hit the crossbar on an 85-yarder during warm-ups before a game in Denver in 2015.
"You don't get on the air and say, 'I think I kicked an 85-yarder that hit the crossbar.' If you hit an 85-yarder that hit the crossbar, you remember," Colquitt said. "You don't say, 'I think.'"
Although McManus said that he saw Tucker hit a few field goals from the "mid-70s" during warm-ups, Colquitt doesn't even remember that. "I'm pretty sure I remember him missing about 15 from 60 [yards]," Colquitt said.
So could Tucker actually make an 84-yard kick?
Colquitt doesn't sound like a believer.
You got Brandon and [Matt] Prater, no matter what distance they're kicking from, their ball flight is high and it gets high quick," Colquitt said. "Tucker gets over here at altitude and he likes to try that in pregame and all that, and it's the lowest thing you've ever seen."
That's a no.
Prater was the kicker in Denver before McManus, and he currently holds the NFL record for the longest field goal at 64 yards.
Anyway, Colquitt also offered Tucker some advice that he could possibly use during his next interview.
"If someone asks me how far I think I can punt it, I'm not going to say 120 yards. I'm going to say, 'You know, maybe 60, 65.' Just be humble," Colquitt said.
Basically, it sounds like Tucker is going to have to fly to Denver and make an 84-yard field goal if he wants to shut everyone up.
Oh and in case you're wondering, of the five longest kicks in NFL history (four 63-yarders and one 64-yarder), three of them were kicked in Denver, including Prater's record-setting 64-yarder in 2013.